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NCAA notebook: Ben McLemore declares for NBA draft

Ben McLemore, Kansas’s talented freshman guard, was among several underclassmen who declared for the NBA draft.

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Ben McLemore, Kansas’s talented freshman guard, was among several underclassmen who declared for the NBA draft.

Ben McLemore is one and done at Kansas. Ricky Ledo is none and done with Providence.

McLemore, Kansas’s talented freshman guard, was among several underclassmen who wasted little time in declaring for the NBA draft Tuesday.

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Indiana All-American Victor Oladipo announced he was giving up his senior season to enter the draft. New Mexico’s Tony Snell also announced he was going pro.

McLemore, a second-team All-American, is expected to be a lottery pick in June after breaking the Jayhawks’ freshman scoring record held by Danny Manning. McLemore averaged nearly 16 points for a team that went 31-6 and won a share of its ninth straight Big 12 championship.

Ledo, a Providence native, practiced with the Friars this season but never played because he failed to qualify academically. Practice was enough, apparently, to make the guard a possible first-round pick.

Oladipo made his announcement at a news conference in Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind. He was second on the Hoosiers in scoring, averaging 13.6 points to go along with 6.3 rebounds per game. He’s on target to graduate in May.

Snell averaged 12.5 points per game this past season and hit a team-high 64 3-pointers. He was the Mountain West tournament MVP.

O’Bryant to return

LSU starting forward Johnny O’Bryant III wants a chance to play in an NCAA Tournament and hopes that by returning for at least one more season, he'll be able to do that. O'Bryant, who was considering declaring for the June 27 NBA draft, revealed his decision to stay in school in an announcement with coach Johnny Jones . . . Marquette freshman forward Jamal Ferguson has been granted his release from the program and plans to transfer. Ferguson said in a statement he hopes to find a school closer to his family in Virginia and also hopes to get more playing time . . . Memphis junior forward Tarik Black is transferring after three seasons, and he'll be leaving with his degree. Black, a Memphis native, averaged 8.1 points and 4.8 rebounds playing 32 games this season . . . DePaul granted forward Moses Morgan and three other players permission to transfer. Forward Montray Clemons, guard Jodan Price, and center Derrell Robertson Jr. also have permission to contact other schools about transferring. They will remain at DePaul through the spring quarter . . . Duke announced that Ryan Kelly will be out 12 weeks after having surgery on his injured right foot. The school-issued timeline would keep the 6-foot-11-inch senior out until early July . . . Scott Sanderson resigned as Lipscomb (Tenn.) coach after 14 seasons. The son of former Alabama coach Wimp Sanderson posted a 222-201 record at Lipscomb and guided the program during its transition from the NAIA ranks to the NCAA Division 1 level in 2001-02 . . . Two Boise State players were charged with misdemeanor theft after being arrested on suspicion of stealing food from a store. Police said 23-year-old Kenny Buckner and Brandi Henton, a 20-year-old women’s team member, went into a Boise store and left concealing food for which they hadn’t paid. Both Henton were arrested Saturday and were released after posting bond.

No Rice evidence

A Robert Morris internal investigation into former basketball coach Mike Rice found no evidence of the ‘‘coaches against player’’ brawls alleged by an ex-Rutgers employee, though one former Colonial contacted by the school claims Rice used anti-gay slurs on several occasions and engaged in a shoving match with a player during halftime of a game. Rice coached at the suburban Pittsburgh school from 2007-10 before taking the job at Rutgers, which fired Rice last week after video of the coach physically and emotionally abusing players became public. Former Rutgers employee Eric Murdock said Rice told him players and coaches at Robert Morris fought several times during practices, prompting athletic director Craig Coleman to look into the matter. The school interviewed 17 people — five current Robert Morris players, seven former players, three members of the coaching staff, and two athletic trainers — either in person or on the phone and Coleman is satisfied Murdock’s statements are unfounded.

Stevens honored

Bentley’s Barbara Stevens has been named the Division 2 national coach of the year by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association for an unprecedented fourth time.

Stevens was recognized Monday night at the women’s Final Four in New Orleans following a season in which her Falcons went 30-2 and reached the East Regional final before falling to eventual national finalist Dowling.

Bentley achieved a three-peat as Northeast-10 Conference regular season and playoff champions, and was ranked seventh in the final national coaches poll, the third straight year it has finished in the top 10.

“I am completely overwhelmed by this honor,” said Stevens, who thanked her players, assistant coaches, and the school administration.

Stevens is the winningest coach in Division 2 women’s basketball history and sixth on the all-time career win list. She completed her 27th season at Bentley with records of 882-246 overall and 725-155 with the Falcons.

Pac-12 to review

The Pac-12 announced plans to commission an independent review of officiating during the league tournament after comments by the conference’s coordinator of officials raised questions about its integrity. The review will be done by ‘‘experts who are entirely independent of the Pac-12 Conference,’’ the league said. The investigation is expected to be completed by June. Ed Rush resigned as the conference’s coordinator of officials Thursday. He told the Associated Press he was just trying to ‘‘lighten the mood’’ in a tense locker room when he ‘‘jokingly’’ made offers of $5,000 or a trip to Mexico for any referee who disciplined Arizona coach Sean Miller during the league tournament. The Pac-12’s officiating program has endured a swarm of public criticism since the incident became public and questions about whether Rush was joking persist. Some reports also have accused Rush of creating a culture of bullying. ‘‘Nothing is more important to the Pac-12, or to me personally, than maintaining confidence in our integrity,’’ Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said in a statement. ‘‘It is important that we do whatever we can to understand all the facts, not only to resolve the questions about officiating during the tournament but also to learn lessons that will help us make changes and improvements to our overall program.’’

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